Applied Human Resource Management and Change - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (40%) , Quiz - Case Study (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

Managers play an essential role in the success of organisational change and development. In this unit, students will be exposed to current research and practice of organisational change and development. They will be challenged to test their knowledge and skills by analysing practical organisational problems. Students will understand how sustainability issues are important for all organisations to consider, as these are creating a strong impetus for change.

Organisational change and development are concerned with the application of behavioural science knowledge and practice to help achieve greater organisational effectiveness. The focus is on improving the total organisational system within the larger economic, social and environmental context. This will enhance the organisation's capacity to understand its present functioning and better achieve its goals. At the conclusion of the unit, students will understand the principles that underlie the practice of organisational change and development. Students will be able to critically evaluate the relevance of theories and practices for management strategy in contemporary organisations.

At the completion of this unit students will develop:

  1. a capacity to understand the principles that underlie the practice of organisational change and development in contemporary organisations
  2. an understanding of sustainability and the knowledge and skills that need to be developed in order to bring about socially responsible and sustainable organisations and management practices
  3. the ability to critically evaluate the relevance of theories and practices of organisational change for effective management practice in contemporary organisations.
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quiz — Case Study (20%)
  • Report — Individual Report (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAN321 — Organisational Change

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Change Management
2Strategy and Change
3HRM and Organisational Change
4Change and Sustainability
5Power and Resistance to Change
6Leadership for change
7Change tools and organisational structures
8Measuring, Monitoring and Maintaining Change

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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